A way to bridge the valley of death in Inspection & Maintenance Robotics

Showcases, Discussion, Brainstorming with key stakeholder from the industry


View Summary of inspection and maintenance workshop at ERF 2017


The euRobotics Maintenance and Inspection Topic Group in cooperation with the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative will host a workshop on “the minimum viable product (MVP) approach” applied within the field of inspection and maintenance robotics. The workshop is part of the European Robotics Forum held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 22 – 24 March 2017.

The objective of this workshop is to showcase the MVP approach with views from research, robotic technology providers and end users, and to discuss and brainstorm if and how this approach can be further applied to get faster and more efficient from research to working solutions applied in daily industry life.

Inspection & Maintenance is a rather conservative business. Although robotics provides a significant value it is difficult to establish robotics as a common practice, especially in the energy sector (Oil&Gas, Power generation). As a consequence the valley of death for new robotic solutions is bigger and hotter than in other industries. Several actions have been taken to bridge the valley of death (robotic contests, EU-funded projects). All with promising results but it will take further time to open the market for robotics.

A promising approach seems to the “Minimum Viable Product” (MVP) approach. With the MVP approach the value of robotics can be demonstrated and a common understanding of the robotic capabilities is established – all this with a limited invest for all parties involved.

Program for the Workshop:

  • 14:00-14:10: Introduction to the session and the MVP approach.
  • 14:10-15:00: Presentation from different stakeholders: asset owners, service providers, technology providers and research institutes.
  • 15:00-15:25: Brainstorming Session. Golden Question: How can the MVP approach help robotics to bridge the valley of death in a conservative industrial environment?
  • 15:25-15:30: Summary and follow-up

Detailed Program for stakeholder presentations:


  • 14:00: Aksel Transeth, SINTEF
  • 14:05: Ekkehard Zwicker, GE Inspection Robotics

The Asset Owner View

  • 14:10: Kris Kydd, Total
  • 14:17: Russell Brown

The Service Provider view

  • 14:24: Barend van den Bos, Dekra Industrial AB

The Robotic Supplier view

  • 14:31: Ekkehard Zwicker, GE Inspection Robotics
  • 14:38: Andrew Graham, OC Robotics

The Research View

  • 14:45: Aksel Transeth, SINTEF
  • 14:52: Marco Hutter, ETH

Questions? Please contact Aksel Transeth, e-mail: Aksel.A.Transeth@sintef.no, phone: +47 412 26 902.